Do you love the idea of reminiscing with a travel journal but after missing a few days feel all is lost?
Take inspiration from Megan’s method of sporadically sorting, sifting and sticking mementos in her travel journal.
This is one in a series of interviews with travellers who share with us their fun and varied travel journaling techniques –
1. Why keep a travel journal?
Keeping a journal is my way of capturing the aspects of travel that I can’t photograph – the ideas, thoughts, emotions, friendships, fleeting moments that can make a whole trip. I feel much more connected to the memories when looking back through a travel journal than when I just look back through the photos. My journal really takes me back to where I was and how I was feeling throughout my travels.
2. What do you include in your travel journal?
Along the way I collect and stick in anything that documents the journey I am taking:
- – plane, train, bus tickets
- – tickets for the sights I see and activities I do along the way, such as museums, exhibitions, tours, concerts, festivals
- – miscellaneous things to jog my memory, such as the business card for good places to eat and stay or a good company to hire cars from
- – maps of the places I have been either as a city map or a road map with my journey marked out
I also print out select photos that I feel particularly show the special people I meet, places I love or moments that are captured.
Note: Megan prints off only small thumbnails of her photos for inclusion.
3. How do you keep your journal?
When I stick it all in my journal I keep it in chronological order and add any notes about the tickets or photos, any thoughts, ideas or tips I have about a place, plus any recipes or foods I have particularly enjoyed.
4. How often do you update your journal?
I try to keep it as up to date as possible without putting too much pressure on myself. Generally I try to update it after each ‘section’ of my travel, while it is still fresh in my mind and when I can use the time I have on the train/plane/bus to the next destination to update about where I have just been.
5. What is your favourite piece of travel journaling equipment?
A bulldog clip.
As I collect the tickets, maps, passes, etc. along the way, I clip these into my journal with the bulldog clip so I don’t lose anything before getting the chance to stick it all in.
6. Why does this type of travel journaling work for you?
This style of travel journal works great for me as it’s not something I need to do daily and it doesn’t matter if I fall a bit behind with the updates. Without the constant guilt I have felt with other styles of journals I have kept, I actually look forward to and enjoy creating it, and also looking back over it days, weeks or months later.
Note: This spread covers a month – You don’t have to make daily entries to have a fun journal.
Megan Evans has been travelling the world and keeping travel journals through Australia, the Americas, Europe and Asia since 2001.
Do you keep a travel journal?
How do you do it?
Would you like to share your ways and means to help other like minded folk?
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Let me know if you’d like to feature your journalling techniques here as part of this series 🙂